Saturday, December 29, 2012
2014 DE Andrew Williams adds Tide offer
By Greg Ostendorf
ATLANTA -- If you’re counting offers from recruits at the Rising Seniors program this week, defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian) probably tops the list. He already has more than 25 offers, and he’s still a junior.
However, after Thursday’s practice, he received a new offer that caught his attention -- from the University of Alabama.
“It’s crazy,” Williams said. “Just seeing Alabama, championship after championship. It’s wild that they think I can play there. I’m just really blessed.
“What stands out is how they produce. There’s not one individual superstar on Alabama’s defense. There’s never been one, but they all compete, and they all go to the NFL, it seems like. They just produce, and that’s really cool.”
Williams originally received the news from his coach, but he called Kirby Smart to confirm it. The Crimson Tide defensive coordinator said they want to use Williams more as an outside linebacker or a Jack linebacker in their defense.
“In my decision, that will be a big part because half of my offers are for outside linebacker,” Williams said. “Anywhere, if I feel like the school is right for me, I’ll be glad to play outside linebacker.”
The offer list is now up to 28, according to Williams, but who’s counting?
During the season, he visited Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. Because he grew up going to games in his home state, the Georgia native said he really enjoyed his trips to Clemson and Notre Dame.
He visited Notre Dame for the Michigan game in September.
“Despite the weather, the fans were wild,” Williams said. “It was a cool game, old-fashioned. They don’t have instant replay or anything and no signs up. It was just old-fashioned fans and football. I just love the tradition.”
Williams plans to return to both Clemson and Notre Dame next month when the junior days start up. He’s also trying to visit Ohio State and Texas.
This week, he’s concentrated on competing in the Georgia Junior Bowl and backing up that offer list against some of the state’s top prospects in 2014.
“The week’s going great,” Williams said. “I love the competition -- from 1A to 6A -- I just love getting out there and competing. I feel like I had a pretty dominant practice [Friday].”